Ormiston is a quiet family area where people of many different nationalities live. There are large parks, sporting facilities and beaches close by. Barry Curtis Park with walking tracks and sports fields is a 5 minute drive from school and there is also a free indoor swimming pool about a 10 minute drive away.
Flat Bush has a small shopping centre close to school with Botany Junction 1km away. There are lots of ethnic eateries there. Manukau Shopping Mall, with its movie theatre and wide range of shops is a 10 minute drive. Our nearest beaches are also only a short drive away – you will have a choice of calm water in the harbours or wild, west coast surf!
Weather is moderate with few extremes of hot and cold, but it can be very changeable. In summer it can get to 28C (December - March) and in winter (July – August) it can be quite wet with temperatures around 12C.
Facilities and equipment at OJC
OJC is designed purposefully as an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE). The school was built in 2016 and opened to learners in January 2017. The NZ Ministry of Education describes ILE's as "the complete physical, social & pedagogical context in which learning is intended to occur. An ILE is one that is capable of evolving & adapting as educational practices evolve and change – thus remaining future focused." (MOE, 2014).
State of the art facilities at OJC include; sciences & technology laboratories, multimedia green rooms, engineering & hard technologies, music, dance & drama studios, a 500 seater auditorium, fully equipped gymnasium, courts and outdoor sports fields, multi-purpose cyber library, & purpose built learning spaces designed for small or large group activities.
OJC also has 3D printers, a laser printer, fully equipped hard materials technology area, hydroponics equipment, fully equipped sound recording suite, lighting and sound booth and stage for drama productions, and sports equipment allowing for a diverse range of sporting activities.
All facilities and equipment at OJC is available to international students.
Living in New Zealand
New Zealand is a special place to visit, travel and study. We have beautiful beaches, lovely forests, snowy mountains, green farmland, interesting cities and towns and friendly welcoming people.
New Zealand is a very popular place for international students. We have an excellent educational system that is recognised around the world.
New Zealand is often seen as one of the safest countries in the world, consistently ranking in the top 10 due to its low crime rate, helpful people and lack of dangerous animals.
Visitors always comment on how friendly the people are here, and the beautiful natural environment.
For many international students and their families, life in New Zealand is quite different to the lives they lead at home. The following links provide useful information about life in New Zealand and will help you prepare for your time in a New Zealand school.
Tourism New Zealand: www.tourismnewzealand.com
Tourism New Zealand's offers some valuable information about tourism opportunities for families while in New Zealand.
Study in New Zealand: www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz
The official Government site for advice on studying abroad in New Zealand. This site offers information on a range of courses at universities, institutes and schools. You can also read student stories of real life experiences and learn important information about the costs of living in New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand’s Studying in New Zealand: www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study
This site offers information about studying in New Zealand, student life and working while studying. This site also offers information about visa options for students and families.
NZQA’s Studying in New Zealand: www.nzqa.govt.nz/studying-in-new-zealand
This site offers further information about New Zealand qualifications, secondary school and NCEA, Tertiary education and quality assurance of education in New Zealand.
New Zealand Now: www.newzealandnow.govt.nz
This Government website share information about living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand as well as information about visas, job prospects and the great lifestyle here.
Education New Zealand: www.enz.govt.nz
Education New Zealand (ENZ) raises awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and supports education providers and businesses to export their services and products.